Every year I teach my students to crochet using the four basic stitches. It develops the dexterity of their fingers and improves their handwriting. I teach them during the noon break or before school. The only time that they are allowed to crochet during school is when I am reading a novel to them after lunch. It thrills me to look up form my book and know that they are listening to every word, yet learning a lifelong skill. They've made wonderful scarves and an afghan. Boys seem to enjoy it just as much as girls!